Making the field at Wallace State-Hanceville is almost a given every year for the Chiefs.
On the other hand, Parrish is new to this.
The Tornadoes are in the regional tournament for the first time in school history.
The teams will meet at 4:30 p.m. today at Wallace State-Hanceville.
Parrish earned its first ever regional trip with a 74-66 upset of Meek in its sub-region game last week.
“We hadn’t had one of those games where everybody plays well. We finally had one of those and hopefully we’ll have another one at the regional,” first-year Parrish coach Michael Beck said. “We played a really quality schedule this year. That has really helped us at the end of the year.
“I’m excited because we are a young team. It’s my first year here and we are already in the regional tournament. It’s been a whole lot of fun this year. I think (today), just getting to go to the regional tournament is going to be good for Parrish High School.”
R.A. Hubbard won the regional title last year. Beck said the Chiefs rely on their pressure defense.
“They are really good and they are really athletic. They use a full-court press. They run out on you in transition. It’s hard to get back and stop their backside layup. I feel the key to the game is stopping them in transition and making them beat us in half-court,” Beck added.
Parrish’s starting five includes: seniors Wesley Smith and Levi Hitt, junior Jeremy Piper, sophomore Brodrick Sanders and freshman Jermichael Harris. The Tornadoes also have Reginald Harris, Luke Barnes and Kionte Harris off the bench.
Lynn vs. R.A. Hubbard
Two years, two straight regional appearances.
Now the Lynn Lady Bears are ready to take the next step — earn a regional win.
They will get their chance today at the Northwest Regional Tournament at Wallace State-Hanceville. Lynn takes on R.A. Hubbard at 3 p.m. today.
If that matchup looks familiar, it should. Both teams also met in the regional opener last year with R.A. Hubbard picking up a 53-41 win over the Lady Bears (25-1), who were making their first even regional appearance.
Lynn head coach Adam Gray hopes this year will be different. The Lady Bears come in with a pretty strong resume.
They won the Winston County Tournament, an area title and have also picked up a school-record 25 wins. Lynn’s only loss this season came in the championship game of the Curry Christmas Tournament against Class 6A Gardendale.
“I think this year is a different feeling for the girls,” Gray said. “After being there last year, I think they know what to expect. We played them last year. We led all the way until right at the end of the third quarter. I think we took a lot from that game. They were more physical than we were. That’s something we tried to address over the summer.”
Lynn returns all five starters from last year’s team and doesn’t have a senior on the roster.
Sophomore Jackee Dodd is the Lady Bears’ leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 18.5 points and 12 rebounds a contest. Junior Ellie Pendley, sophomore Lindsey Tompkin, freshmen Brooklyn Beck and Reagan Tittle round out the starting five.
Gray is expecting a big Lynn crowd at today’s game.
“Everybody is really proud of the girls. I think we will have a good turnout at the game. Everybody is really excited about it,” he said.